|"This is my 'blow hot air' face. I have many others."|
I am referring, of course, to Boucher's stance that the Capitals are a much better team that should dominate the series. "I do not see any weaknesses in their game," he said Thursday afternoon. "It's like David and Goliath," he added. He then went so far as to add the ultimate dagger: "If they lose, it's a failure. They have the tools to win now. They are in year five of their process, we are in year one of ours."
The savvy Quebecois then continued his mind games after Friday's win over the Caps. Boucher continued to insist that the Caps are the better side, speaking as though he was coaching a minor league team against the 1976 Soviet National team: "That team we're playing is quite a hockey machine. At the ice level, I can tell you, they're looking outstanding out there. It was surprising to come in here and get one of the two games. I'll be honest, we weren't expecting that." Before he closed out his media time, the Lightning bench boss also tried to tell the assembled media that the scheduled back to back games at home next week somehow hurt his team.
Okay, Guy, hold the phone for a second. True or false, the Lightning just came off a convincing 3-1 comeback against one of the best defensive teams in the league? True or false, the Lightning finished a (truly whopping) four whole points behind the Caps for the Southeast Division, and led it for most of the year? True or false, you have a Hart Trophy Candidate on your team, as well as Steven Stamkos, who is probably the best young goal scorer in the NHL not named Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin?
Drop the underdog schtick already. We get it, Guy, and it's really starting to get annoying. Everyone is on to you, and you're not fooling anybody. You basically think your team has no shot against a "machine" like the Caps. It's gamesmanship, and it's okay on day one, but saying after a win on hostile ice that your team "did not expect" to win just makes you look foolish.
Maybe it's just because I'm frustrated, but this is really starting to grind my gears.